Successful Management Programme for Gullringsbo

3 March 2017

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The GU School of Executive Education at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg has designed and delivered a customised management development programme for AB Gullringsbo Egendomar, Sweden’s largest non-listed or non-institutionally owned construction and real estate group. The programme targets present and future leaders as well as managers in the company’s subsidiaries Svenska Hus, MVB, Wangeskog and Torslanda Entreprenad. The programme objective was to strengthen the management of the subsidiaries and facilitate improved interaction. 

This was the second time that GU School of Executive Education delivered the programme for the Gullringsbo Group. Some 25 participants met five times in the autumn of 2016. The programme covered a wide range of topics, from leadership to business modelling and marketing. It enabled key individuals in the group to develop their competence in central areas together, using a solid academic platform.

“The management programme was most rewarding. Since many of our subsidiaries have grown rapidly, it is extra important to meet across company borders, learn from each other and develop a shared view of leadership and management. The participants represented a large span of positions in our different companies, which led to many interesting discussions and insights. We will plan for running this programme again,” says Erika Hellman, Group vice president and foundation responsible, AB Gullringsbo Egendomar.

Comments from some programme participants:

Foto 2016-12-14 15 13 59 Gustav Graan, regional director Stockholm, Wangeskog Hyrcenter AB:
“It was a great programme, not least the first part, which focused on leadership. I gained valuable knowledge that I have been able to implement directly in my own organisation. There was also time to reflect on and contemplate my own personal development, which I really appreciated. The marketing module gave me interesting insights and conveyed a more modern approach to marketing. All lecturers stimulated our curiosity and opened up for productive discussions, discussions that we really got involved in and had a hard time ending.”

Foto 2016-12-14 15 14 13 Sara Strand, site engineer, MVB Syd
“In general, I really liked the programme. I am personally interested in group dynamics and communication and gained a great updated view of things I have studied in the past. Several of the lecturers, Rick Middel for example, were extraordinarily inspiring and very interesting to listen to. It’s a big advantage that the programme is custom designed for the company. We have established a new, shared perspective, despite our different backgrounds and business conditions. Our respective industries can sometimes be very traditional and conservative, so it’s valuable to get a different perspective of reality and to discuss with colleagues.”

Peter Dahlsten, managing director of Wangeskog Hyrcenter AB:
“We ran in this programme two years ago with very positive participant feedback, and we got the same response this time. Our diverse group operations consists of 700 staff members in four different companies, geographically dispersed across the middle and southern parts of Sweden. One important objective of the programme has been to enable the participants, who are both present and future managers from our different business units, to interact and network. As for the outcome, they have developed a sense of understanding that reaches across company boundaries, as well as insights into the workings of the entire business group. Another important objective has been to stimulate increased business between the group companies.”

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For more information, please contact:
Håkan Ericson, managing director of the GU School of Executive Education,;
Mobile +46 709 50 63 35

Erika Hellman, Group vice president and foundation responsible, AB Gullringsbo Egendomar.;
Mobile +46 703 00 69 65

The GU School of Executive Education offers Sweden’s only AMBA-accredited Executive MBA programme as well as custom programmes for internationally oriented enterprises in the Nordic market. The programmes are provided in Sweden and the rest of the world. By combining academic rigour and practical relevance, the GU School of Executive Education develops the key employees of its clients. The School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg is one of only about 70 business schools worldwide – and the only one in Sweden – that is Triple Crown accredited, which means that it has been awarded all of the top three international accreditations for business schools: EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. Only about 0.5 % of the world’s business schools have achieved Triple Crown status.

Gullringsbo Egendomar is the parent company of Svenska Hus, MVB, Forestry, Wangeskog Hyrcenter, Torslanda Entreprenad, Novi Real Estate and Munkbron Finans. A shared feature of the subsidiaries is that they were founded by entrepreneurs and continue to be managed in the spirit of a family-owned company. Gullringsbo Egendomar is Sweden’s largest non-listed or non-institutionally owned construction and real estate company. Total revenues are about SEK 3 billion, and income before depreciation but after financial items is about SEK 250 million per year. The market value of the group’s real-estate property is estimated to about SEK 5.5 million. There are more than 700 employees. The group owns about 160 properties with a rental value of approximately SEK 500 million and around 6 000 tenants. In 2014, the company was Sweden’s largest family-owned construction and real estate enterprise, according to BI. The group owns 600 units, 10 000 pieces of equipment and over 6 000 hectares of forest and other land. SEK 500 million is kept in the group’s cash pool. Each year, the owners award SEK 1.2 million to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary talent or contributions in the field of energy-efficient building construction